Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Murder of Chandra Powell

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Chandra Powell was murdered inside her home in front of two of her young children during October 2010. The 35-year-old woman had recently moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee before her untimely death. Chandra reportedly moved to Chattanooga to start a new chapter in her life with her five children. Within months of moving there, she was killed. An autopsy revealed that she had been brutally beaten and stabbed to death.

On the afternoon of October 27th, 2010, three of Chandra's children - an 11-year-old son and 15- and 16-year-old daughters - arrived home from school and stumbled upon a horrific scene. Their mother was dead on the living room floor, and it was clear that a violent altercation had occurred. Chandra's two-year-old child was found unharmed beside Chandra's body. Chandra's other child - a 16-day-old infant - was found asleep in a crib. 

Chandra was in a relationship with a man named Brad Stewart at the time of her death. According to Brad, Chandra followed him to Chattanooga from Indiana. Previously, Chandra was married to a man named Steven Powell. That marriage fell apart after Steven was arrested for child molestation in 2007. Steven was convicted by a jury in 2008 and was in prison when Chandra was killed. Chandra also had children by two other fathers. The father of her youngest child was also incarcerated at the time Chandra was killed.

Brad Stewart gained custody of Chandra's five children for a brief period of time following Chandra's death. The baby was removed from his custody just three weeks later. About a month later, the other children were removed from his custody as well. Brad is quoted in an article from 2011, stating that he was given very little information as to why the children were taken from him. Court records show that Brad, too, was charged with child molestation in 2008, but he was acquitted of those charges in 2009. 

Brad said that he was also looked into as a possible suspect but was eventually cleared after his alibi held up. It appears that police have interviewed other potential persons of interest, but to this day nobody has been publicly named as a suspect. Over a decade has passed since Chandra's death, and police have barely released any news about the investigation.

The Chattanooga Police are in charge of Chandra's case. If you have any information that could help find her killer, please submit a tip. 
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Sources:
Chattanooga DA
Times Free Press, 2
Times News

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